Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among men in the US. About 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with the disease during his lifetime, but the odds increase if they are African American and double if they have a family history. While most cases may be treatable, some will progress and become life-threatening.1
Legendary Baseball All-Star and World Series champion Ken Griffey Sr. knows the toll prostate cancer can take on a man and his family. After losing four uncles to the disease, Ken Sr. was always vocal about his prostate health, until his own diagnosis in 2006 showed him how difficult speaking up about the issue can be. Ken Sr. credits the help of his family—especially his son, Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr.—with helping him become more comfortable speaking up about the disease and keeping tabs on potential symptoms that could be important to flag to his doctor.
As the new spokesperson for Bayer’s Men Who Speak Up program, Ken Sr. is celebrating Men’s Health Week and the tenth Father’s Day since his diagnosis by doing for others with prostate cancer what his family did for him: encouraging men across the country to feel more comfortable speaking up about prostate cancer, especially if the disease advances and symptoms crop up. Prostate cancer remains the second leading cause of cancer-related death in men in the US,1 making it critical to spread the word about advanced forms of the disease.
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